A student is classified in accordance with the semester hours of credit earned as follows:

  • Freshman: 1-25 semester hours of credit
  • Sophomore: 26-55 semester hours of credit
  • Junior: 56-86 semester hours of credit
  • Senior: 86 or more semester hours of credit
  • Graduate: After admission to CMU School of Graduate Studies

Classification is determined by the current Bulletin, not the issue in effect when the student was admitted.

Full-Time Status
The definition of full-time status for a regular semester is as follows:

  • Undergraduate students: a minimum of 12 credits
  • Graduate students: a minimum of 9 credits

Undergraduate Grading System

Grade Significance Honor Points Per Semester Hour
A Superior 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- 0.7
E Failing 0.0
CR Credit
N No Grade Submitted
NC No Credit
I Incomplete
W Withdrawn Not included in
X Audit computing hours
Z Deferred Grade and points
H* Honors Program

*Designates Honors Credit in combination with letter grade of C or better.

**Please refer to the Graduate Bulletin for the marking system for graduate students.

Grade Point Average
The grade-point average for undergraduate students is found by dividing the total honor points earned by the total graded hours.

Grade Reports
At the end of each on-campus semester or session, students may access their grades via CentralLink.

Point Deficiency - Undergraduate Students
A point deficiency is defined as the number of points lacking to make a cumulative grade point average of 2.00.